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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Reviews: 1,350 | Ratings: 3,784
Photo of tomsamarati
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like the texture and mouth feel of Leffe Blond. But the overwhelming cloves is a real turn-off. I feel like I'm in a dentist chair and he just put a cotton swab coated in oil of cloves on my gums.

I purchased a 6 pack of Leffe Blond. It will probably take me 3 months to drink it.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Used to drink this a lots in the past, and it was one of my favorite beers, though these were the days of being brought up surrounded by lagers and Diamond White...so this was my first taste of a real beer.

In the last few days I have been drinking "beers" I do not really like or drink, just to add them to my review list. I am trying to reach 100 before May..!

Aside from Stella, this must be the 2nd most mass produced beer from Belgium I think. I used to drink it lots in Australia even...

Look is much better than a lager. Good creamy froth that stays in the glass. Looks cloudy and beautiful.

Aroma has the fruitiness of a belgian blonde, and the apricottyness of a Duvel. Not bad for a beer that is mass-produced.

Taste is pretty good. Along with Guinness, this is my favorite mass produced beer I think. I never see this being advertised though...

Flavour has elements of soy sauce, haha I always thought this. However it does not have enough overall flavour to be truly good, I anticipate that this has been processed lots, and brewed for quantity instead of quality. In terms of flavour though, pretty good, just not enough of it. There is a herbiness coming through, and elements of orange peel, cloves, lemon peel, and more soy sauce.

Tastes best after 30 minutes from the fridge, or 30 mins in the fridge.

Feel is good, there is a complexity of taste, that changes in your mouth.

Happy to drink this again, though from memory, sometimes the bottles actually go bad before you drink them, so be careful. The flavour is a bit too soy saucy for me, though very good and one of my favorite VS price.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walter traded me one for a random Ashville beer. Pretty Amber. Big head. Mellow. The bottle said soft and subtle, and that's a pretty good description. Not much hops here. But carmel, bananas and maybe clove? The same flavors are in the aroma. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Foyle
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a thick white head that falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is gold with tons of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: distinct Belgian yeast dominates with some malt sweetness and lemon hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent and finishes like a dry champagne.
Flavor: hints of clove and coriander, sugary sweetness, toasted malt, a bit of woodiness and some mild lemon citrus hops.
Overall: good for the style and a nice gateway beer for those who have never explored Belgian styles.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned version.
Poured into tulip.
Pours clear amber beer with thick white head, good retention, some laces.
Smell - biscuity malts, hazelnut, honey, caramel.
Taste follows the smell, relatively simple, but still good.
Medium to light body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most popular beer in Europe, both for locals and tourists, for beer snobs, there are way better than that. Leffe Blonde has various aromas from sweet honey to banana and caramel. It's pretty cheap in Europe and a keg would be fairly available for a good party. In other words, a good, everyday beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold, clear.

The aroma hits of honey, sweet malts, sweet orange peel, a bit of grain, sugary sweetness.

The flavor follows with sugary sweetness up front, honey on bread, onto a medium dry finish with more lingering honey and citrus peel, onto a light earthy hop bitterness. Medium to high carbonation moves the beer along with a smooth mouthfeel with hints of alcohol has the beer goes down.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, not a good one here. Disappointed, cloudy, slightly skunky smell and really, not a good beer. Oh well, you can try hundreds of others. Skip this one, though.

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Photo of davidperez
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a dark amber yellow, mildly transparent, with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Its bouquet is very assertive. Malty sweetness, caramel, bread and banana. Very nice.

Upfront a pleasant bitterness and nice carbonation, and it attenuates into banana, caramel and malts. Its aftertaste is long and sweet with an underlying tone of banana. Medium body, and it has a pleasant creamy texture.

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Photo of whiffoself
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why the Bros gave a low rating. This is not at all a crappy Belgian. I love Belgians the most, and while not the most flavorful and magically delicious, it is a serviceable choice

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a blonde beer guy and I actually got this by accident. I had their Bruin and today ordered another and, when I began to pour it into a glass, saw that the color was quite a bit lighter. After looking at the label I saw they brought me the wrong one by mistake. The blonde has a medium color in a glass, slightly clear and with a decent head that disappears after a short amount of time. The initial taste is fairly strong and a bit of a hoppy/malty mix. It's surprisingly smooth and the aftertaste wins it for me. It leaves you craving another sip due to its sweetness. It's much richer than other blondes that I've had (I like this but not all would, necessarily). Thought I got this by accident, I think it'd get it again. Nice on a hot day when a dark might be a bit too much.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright gold pour with steady mild carbonation.

S - Coriander, yeasty, some honey malt, mild banana.

T - Straight yeast, light banana, some peppery seeds of paradise, and cloves.

M - Medium body with very creamy texture.

O - A solid go to beer that opens the eyes of macro drinkers. Had this so many times in the past and wondering why it took so long to finally review this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blond ale pours as such color wise, decent plus .5" head on it, minimized belgian yeast profile.

Taste was pretty mild, didn't expect that, tons of carbonation in the mouthfeel brought out the tea aspect. Way to much alcohol in the mouthfeel though. Body is thin. Don't get the expensive aspect of this beer looking back at the end of the bottle.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color with a large white foamy head. Has a light fruity grain smell to it. Can taste malts spices along with some kind of fruit. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never gave this brew a second thought. My nephew just moved back from Germany and was a frequent flyer through Belgium. His favorite is the Leffe Brune. Of all the beer on hand at Thanksgiving after dinner he recommended this craft of the immediate brew choices. Immediately I enjoyed the spice candy drop flavour. Lighter bodied indeed with hints of mild grains. Not in the mood to sit down and collect my beer thoughts are n paper but rather remember a fine time indeed. Can't lose with this.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was an amber to golden color with a one finger white foamy head. Light lacing and somewhat stringy.
The smell has some clove, banana to yeasty esters, some bubble-gum tones. Little bit of pears.
The taste was somewhat sweet smooth honey flavor with some doughy/bready malt. Light caramel slides in for the balance.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a sly sessionably sweet texture. It shows a decent smoothness on my tongue.
Overall, its not a bad Belgian pale ale, its just not one of the best ones on the market.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear red-orange-yellow, off-white head that is dense on top but course beneath, good streams of carbonation. Smell and flavor are a bit monotone, with varying potencies of clove, bubblegum, and banana esters. The flavor also carries some peppery spice and earthiness, I'd guess the malt is similar to Pilsner. Seems sweet initially, but finishes dry. Creamy medium body.
Simplistic for a true Belgian ale, and the flavors seem more like a hefeweizen, but still tasty. Ignoring the expectations based on its origins and competition, this is a great beer.

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Photo of wisebier
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm shocked at the bros rating. This should not be rated and put on the same level as the American light beer that really taste like water and not beer.
Because It's a really good beer. It's smooth and very drinkable. It's not the best for its style which I think is Duvel. But this is the Best beer in this style for the price. You can get a 6 for 8.99$ . If you're looking to explore Belgian ales this beer is a great place to start.
Color is what you want! Gold perfection. Tastes and smells like malty banana nutty and little caramel notes. Nothing funky or weird going on. Just greatness and smooth. Would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of matuka123
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great Belgian beer!!!! Classic Leffe. leffe blonde. Appearance/look is gorgeous colour, looks delicious. Mouthfeel is good, easy to drink beer as everyone says, and it's 6.6%! wow. It's tasty and good to drink. A fantastic beer!

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Photo of OldskoolT68
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st true Belgian Ale & I was quite surprised how much I like it?

It has a very thick head with slightly fruity flavor to me. This my 1st beer review, "Ever", so please don't pick my review apart too muc.

I ppurchased it TW&M for under $8. So to me that that's to me a very good price for a better than average beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Hazy straw yellow with 3 finger frothy head. Taste of clove and malt with a smooth and balanced feel.
Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11oz bottle into pint glass. Love the bottle, by the way. Nice touch with the gold foil. Hazy coppery gold with two finger white sudsy head. Decent lacing

Smell is bready and fruity sweetness with a hint of spice

Taste is banana, with again a hint of spice. Little bit of hops, but mainly malty bready sweetness, and then banana again with a hint of alcohol at the back.

Feel is full bodied with a touch of warmth from alcohol.

Overall a pleasant warm, relaxing Belgian pale ale. In a word: cozy

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's your very standard Belgian blonde. Hazy straw yellow body, good head retention; smells minerally, estery but no banana; good pale malt background and spices that keep it interesting. Flavour is straightforward, similarly estery, pale malt, a bit of earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied. Easy to drink, refreshing on a warm day. It's a fairly standard archetype of the Belgian blonde style, especially given how available it is.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick head with Amber colored liquid. Some lacing on glass. Strong smell, lots of wheat and banana with some clove and cinnamon. Taste is less strong on the tongue but emphasizes the smell. Quite enjoyable. Medium body and carbonation with a boozy aftertaste that isn't so pleasant but tolerable.

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Photo of crotharagain
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, having one in a hotel room in Paris right now. America surpassed Europe in making quality beers about 10 years ago so can't wait to get home.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,784 ratings.
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